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Govt Flags off Mass Distribution of Face Masks in Hoima District

The Health Ministry delivered a total of 380,000 face masks to be distributed in 464 villages in the sub-counties of Kigorobya, Kitoba, Bombo, Buhanika, Kyabigambire, Buseruka, Kapapi, Buraru, Kijongo, Kisukuma, Kabaale and Kiganja.

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The mass distribution of face masks to communities in Hoima district has started.  the exercise was officially flagged off by State Minister for Health Robinah Nabbanja at Hoima district Headquarters on Thursday.

The Health Ministry delivered a total of 380,000 face masks to be distributed in 464 villages in the sub-counties of Kigorobya, Kitoba, Bombo, Buhanika, Kyabigambire, Buseruka, Kapapi, Buraru, Kijongo, Kisukuma, Kabaale and Kiganja.

Nabbanja cautioned the people of Hoima to adhere to the guidelines and always wear the masks while in public places. This way, she says, communities will be able to keep coronavirus disease at bay.  

Nabbanja also called on the district COVID-19 taskforce to closely monitor the distribution of the masks train health workers, educate and empower communities to protect themselves against the virus as cumulative COVID-19 cases raise beyond 900 in Uganda. The Hoima Hospital COVID-19 Treatment Unit has treated 15 COVID-19 patients

Since March 2020.

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Bishop Vincent Kirabo of Hoima Catholic Diocese is concerned that communities are taking a fragmented approach in fighting the pandemic, with people abandoning the guidelines put in place to combat the spread of the pandemic. He pointed out social distancing, hand washing and use of face masks, among others.

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Hoima Resident District Commissioner-RDC Samuel Kisembo warns that after the distribution, whoever will be found in public without a face mask will be arrested and charged with attempted murder.  

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Hoima District Health Officer Dr Joseph Ruyonga commended Health workers in the district for working tirelessly to ensure that all the patients referred to Hoima COVID-19 Treatment Unit are treated and fully recovered.    

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Harriet Businge, the Hoima Woman MP says it is high time the people of Hoima and Bunyoro at large embraced compulsory wearing of masks to curtail the disease.  

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